Electric Utility

PUBLIC NOTICE (FEBRUARY 1, 2023): Rising energy demand, compounded by fuel commodity prices for power generation (natural gas) climbing drastically due to tight supplies, required the City of Camden to implement a per kilowatt hour Purchase Power Adjustment Surcharge (PPA) on all electric usage, effective July 1, 2022. The current PPA charge, effective February 1, 2023, is $0.015 per kilowatt hour. If you have any questions regarding your electric bill, please contact the City of Camden Finance Department at 803-432-2421.

See the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Electric Rate Schedule.

Need help understanding your utility bill? Click here for a sample utility bill and explanation.

The electric department is responsible for providing electric power and service to approximately 11,000 customers in portions of three counties (Kershaw, Lee and Sumter). The city maintains both overhead and underground electric infrastructure. An on-call truck provides 24-hour service to our customers. If you need assistance with your electric service, call 803-432-2421.

As a public provider, we strive to keep our rates as low as possible. The money we receive each month from residential, commercial and industrial electric customers is primarily used to purchase wholesale power and maintain/expand our electric infrastructure.

Download our electric policy here.

Resources and Information

If you are having difficulty paying your utlity bill, there are a variety of community resources availalbe to assist.

Wateree Community Actions - Kershaw County Office - 803-722-0059

United Way of Kershaw County - 803-432-5456

Christian Community Ministries - 803-432-1431

SC Stay Plus Rental and Utility Assistance (deadline to apply 12/16/22) - 803-336-3420

SC Homeowner Rescue Program - 803-702-5222

For tips on how to lower energy costs in your home, please visit the State of South Carolina Energy Office's website.

The SC Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings families in need, using the most advanced technologies and testing procedures available in the housing industry. To be eligible for this benefit program you must be a South Carolina resident and you must need help with home energy costs. Contact Kenneth Barnes for more information at 803-250-2984

Preference is given to:
Elderly – 60 years of age and older
Disabled - Families with one or more members with a disability
Households with children under age 18
If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

Licensed Home Energy Inspectors in Kershaw County:

Michael Laney, Attic and Crawlspace Solutions - 803-310-6330

Additional resources may be available at SC211.

Interconnecting Small Generation

Live in Camden? Want to connect with and operate in parallel to the City's electrical system using your own generator? Explore the documents below to get started.

Please email all documents to electric@camdensc.org.

Integrated Resource Plan

Explore the Integrated Resource Plan for Camden's city-owned electric distribution utility.